Chrome Extensions will have to Follow this New Policy, or Skadoosh!

Chrome Extensions will have to Follow this New Policy, or Skadoosh!

Remember Google CEO Sundar Pitchai’s long-drawn submission to the U.S. Congress over data security? Well! True or not, but it seems to have had some impact. Google, which developed the famous browser, Chrome, is now rolling out new policy for its extensions to ensure data security.

While Chrome allow users several privacy settings like blocking ads and VPNs, it has missed out on securing data provided to extensions. In many cases, the extensions gather data without seeking permission, and Google wants to stop this. Hence, this policy.

Based on reports, the new policy will come into effect the end of this year, and those extension that do not abide, will be removed from the Playstore. Not just that, they will no longer exist on the user’s desktop.

Extensions can Only Seek Data they Need 

The new policy allows extensions to seek data that an applications needs. For instance, the more controversial data that often bothers people, is the need to access location. Google will allow an application to seek user’s location data only of if is mandatory for the application to function

As a result, the new policy also demands every service provider to publish a detailed privacy policy. This policy should explain why the application is seeking the data and how it is used. This will help the user carefully decide whether or not to opt for providing this information. 

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Rohit Bhisey

Rohit Bhisey

An AVP at the Marketing department at Transparency Market Research, Rohit has his fingers firmly placed on the pulse of the business world. He has a keen eye for any new development that could rock our world. He is adept at strategizing to boost web traffic and generate new leads. He is also an expert in Google Analytics, something which he feels could go a long way in getting sites more traction by providing necessary insights. Rohit is a Bachelor in Computer Science from the Pandit Ravishankar Shukla University and takes keen interest in writing news articles on technology, business, and healthcare.

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